Spirituality

(This article is the flip-side of a separate article – Gong: work and effort– both should be read in conjunction) I’ve always considered myself quite ‘spiritual’. I’ve twice thought seriously about becoming a monk, and got my first book on black magic at the tender age of 10. One thing …

Gong: work and effort

(This article is the flip-side of a separate article – https://www.changeskill.com/2020/07/27/spirituality/ – both should be read in conjunction) As a Tai Chi teacher, I’ve gone through different phases. At first, it was just trying to do what my teacher taught and told me. Like a lot of people, I started …

July-Aug. 2020 updated class schedule

The following class schedule is in place during the continued COVID-19 restrictions and is subject to change, following changes to those restrictions. Any face-to-face classes are conducted with social distancing, which means no contact activities of any kind (pushing hands, applications, shared equipment, etc.) Online classes:Tues/Thurs 6.30—7.30pmSat 10.30 – 11.30am …

Online classes

With the current situation with lockdowns due to eh COVID-19 pandemic, we have started online classes. Full details can be accessed on the dedicated page https://www.changeskill.com/tai-chi-chuan-classes/online-classes/ We’re using Google Classroom as a platform to manage the classes – it’s not just about the virtual classroom with face-to-face interaction with the …

Force, Strength and Power

Working my way through the Australian Kungfu Federation’s coaching accreditation, I was reminded of that good old sports science equation: Strength + Speed = Power From the point of view of Tai Chi Chuan, this presents some points of interest. In the Classics, reference is made to “Li” (strength) and “Jin” …

Tai Chi fight training

Change Skill school of Practical Tai Chi Chuan provides a separate, opt-in workstream for fight training. It is typically embedded in regular classes, for those who wish to work on this, and open to anyone whether or not they are studying the style. Most Tai Chi practitioners do not actually …

Gin, Jin, Jing, Chin?

In Thai “Jing jing” means “really true”, so for example “Aroy jing jing” means “that really is delicious!”. The Tai Chi Newbie may jar a little when they are told that Gin is at the heart of Chinese internal martial arts. Others, typically with some background in Qigong, might say …

Internal and External

Tai Chi Chuan is a Chinese internal martial art, listed as part of the ‘Nei jia quan‘ (‘Internal family boxing’). As such it contrasts with external martial arts (‘Wai jia quan’, where ‘Wai’ translates as ‘External’). The distinction may be traced back to the 17th century, although my teacher points …